This accessible and comprehensive overview of the main issues on the modernity-postmodernity controversy is the first clear-sighted book on the subject. It surveys modern social theory, from Kant to Weber with economy and masterly precision. And evaluates the work of the Frankfurt School, Arendy, Strauss, Luhmann, Habermas, Heller, Castoriadis and Touraine, before moving on to consider the approaches of the leading writers on postmodenrity: Lyotard, Vattimo, Derrida, Foucault and Jameson. The result is a new way of conceptualizing the modernity-postmodernity debate, and an exciting new approach to the roots of contemporary social theory.

Modernity and Secularization: Religion and the Postmodern Challenge

Modernity and secularization: Religion and the postmodern challenge

The debate over modernity has been very much about the consequences of secularization. Since the beginning of the modern age, proponents of modernity have defended the modern against the dogma of religion. Modernity came to be seen as a rupture, a break from that which preceded it (Gellner, 1992, 1998). The worldviews of religion and modernity would therefore appear to be fundamentally opposed, for modernity is unconditionally posttraditional. As argued in the previous chapter, the worldview of modernity can be seen as a differentiated one and entailed a commitment to critique and self-transformation, which can be understood epistemologically as a self-conscious scepticism and reflexivity, for critique entails the transformation of ...

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